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From Ballinora’s Weekly Newsletter

16th March, 2019

The Prayer of St. Patrick – Lúireach Phádraig –  2nd Sunday in Lent

Also Known as St Patrick’s Breastplate – a Shield against Evil

(A ninth century Irish Prayer attributed to St Patrick)

I arise today in power and might

I call upon the Trinity, with faith in threeness

And trust in the oneness of the world’s great Maker.

I arise today in the power and might

Of Christ’s birth and baptism,

His crucifixion and burial

His resurrection and His ascension

His coming anew to judge mankind.

I arise today in love of cherubim,

In duty of angels, in loyalty of archangels,

In hope of uprising to gain life’s reward.

I arise today with the power of heaven,

The sun in brightness, the moon in splendour,

The flashing of fire, the swift stroke of lightning,

The rushing of storm-wind,

The deepness of ocean, the firmness of earth,

The hardness of bedrock.

I arise today, God’s power for my pilot

God’s might for my upholding,

God’s wisdom for my guiding. God’s eye as my outlook,

God’s ear for my hearing, God’s word on my tongue.

God’s right hand to guard me, God’s path for my treading,

God’s shield for my protecting,

God’s host for my defending against all that would wish me ill.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ below me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ in hearts f al that love me;  Christ to comfort and restore me.



A Date for your Diary: Tuesday April 2nd; 8-9.15.Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc….

Please take a Trócaire box for your home this weekend and make a regular donation during the six weeks of Lent. A full account of the work of Trocaire can be seen on their website: www.Tró It is well worth seeing the projects and the way all money collected is spent.

A Reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pm in order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

Sincere thanks to Niall and Helen Tyrell (and Grace), who hosted the first Station Mass at their home last week. Two grannies and an auntie added to the occasion. Some fine singers!Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballinvoltig/Ballinvrinsig; Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor, Ballyhank, Inniskenny/Ballintannig, and School to Ballinora Cross . A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen, and Maglin to Dineen’s Lane.

Congratulations and best wishes to Margaret Drinan who has been nominated as Ballinora Person of the Year. Margaret has worked for years as a member of the ICA and produced millions of cups of tea. She continues to care for many people behind the scenes, and constantly fundraises for so many charities.

You will  eat and have all you want and you will  bless Yahwehyour God in the fine country which he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10.
This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the different ways land is stolen from vulnerable people in the developing world. It could be by corporate land grabs, by war or simply because they are a woman. To find out more visit Please take a Trócaire box this weekend and make a regular donation during the remaining weeks of Lent.

Tuesday, 19th March at 8.00pm: Fr. Diarmuid Ó Murchú: “Keeping Hope Alive in our Troubled Times”.
Tuesday, 26th March at 8.00pm: Rosalie Moloney: “‘And God saw that it was good’: The Book of Genesis and Tomorrow’s World.”.
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.
Tuesday, 9th April at pm: Tom Kelly: “Night train – the extraordinary  world of bird migration”
Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork. Each talk  45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

We welcome the return of our Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass each Sunday. It is a lovely ministry to our young people. Please bring your younger children to the Sunday 10am Mass, where they are appreciated and included.